Maddy McCoy ~ East End Series #5

I got the idea for a weekly black-and-white gallery because I received two sets of images last week. One from Roger Guetta, who needs no introduction to regular visitors to this site, and one from Maddy McCoy. I was looking at both sets of images and the lightbulb went on over my head.

So last night, when I was scrambling to put the first {orpheum} gallery together, I forgot that I had saved their images in a different folder and I had not tagged the image names with “b&w” so I could easily find them again. Even last night, I was up-rezzing a last minute image & doing the wall labels for the LACDA show opening tonight, so when I got to the {orpheum} gallery at about 8:30, I was somewhat frazzled.

And totally forgot to put these images into the gallery! So … here they are.

As I said, Roger needs no introduction—here is an interview from last year just in case. He is a prolific artist and very active member of the global iphonic art community, here and elsewhere.

Maddy McCoy is relatively new to the site. Since her East End Series images were so striking, I wrote her to inquire about their origin and herself and this is what she replied:

These are indeed self portraits. Once upon a time, I went to University in the East End of London and these are my “nod”, my “homage”, or perhaps my dark tribute to the Jack the Ripper victims as they were seen in there post mortem crime scene & mortuary photos (portraits really).

I am next to Alexandria. I am an Historian for the Fairfax County Virginia Cultural Resources Branch (archeology). In my free time I study slavery and reconstruct antebellum African American cultural landscapes and family units… Which is the Slavery Inventory Database.

A lot of very interesting people on this site.

Maddy will be at the opening of the Pixels’ show at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Virginia, next month—she says it is an amazing place—sending pictures and a report from the ground. Thanks, Maddy!

So … next week I hope to have the posting of {orpheum.wednesday night noir} run a little more smoothly. In any case, I’m sure you can see how these images gave me the idea for the feature. —Knox